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I am an energetic teacher that likes to incorporate pop culture into my history lessons. I believe that students learn best when they can connect what they are learning to what they know. And, this generation knows pop culture like none before it. So, that is my platform.

I am an energetic teacher that likes to incorporate pop culture into my history lessons. I believe that students learn best when they can connect what they are learning to what they know. And, this generation knows pop culture like none before it. So, that is my platform.
Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists Who's Who Document Based Questions
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Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists Who's Who Document Based Questions

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This DBQ is a supplement to help students differentiate between Federalist and Anti-Federalist ideals. In the activity, students will read short biographies of six founding fathers. Based on the information provided in the biographies and their prior knowledge of Federalist and Anti-Federalist principles, students will determine which group the founding father belonged to. They will also provide details from the biography supporting their choice. In the second part of the activity, students will answer several comprehension (DOK 3) questions from the document. This is a perfect no-prep resource that allows for partner or individual reading and teaches students to support their answers with evidence from a text. It works great with a unit on the Constitution and/or early American government. An answer key is provided.
Ancient Egypt Unit Test
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Ancient Egypt Unit Test

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This is a 23 question assessment focusing on ancient Egypt. Questions 1-5 are matching and the rest are multiple choice. All of the test questions focus on vocabulary and reading comprehension. Several questions require students to use context clues to discover the meanings of unfamiliar words. Each question is labeled with the appropriate DOK level and the majority of the test consists of DOK level 2 and level 3 questions. There is a discussion question at the end that is optional. It is a document based question, however, the document is not included due to copyright. Feel free to find your own document or just skip the question! An answer key and a study guide are included with the test. The study guide provides a list of vocabulary words that are used on the test. This test is perfect as a pre-test or post-test and is a great assessment for a unit dealing with ancient Egypt. It can also be used as a reading test or quiz even if you are not teaching this unit. Enjoy!
Build-a-Myth Greek Mythology Story Construction Kit
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Build-a-Myth Greek Mythology Story Construction Kit

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Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if Achilles had to fight Hercules? Or, what if Zeus and Hades switched places? Well now, you have an opportunity to mix and match any story from the depths of Greek Mythology. Welcome to the Build-a-Myth Greek Mythology construction kit! This packet is everything that you need as a teacher to put your students on the road to rewriting Greek literature. This is a step-by-step process where students choose their characters, setting, and plots all from prearranged lists. The kit also includes brainstorming worksheets to help them put their thoughts together before writing. Finally, information sheets provide brief descriptions of select characters and places from Greek Mythology. The kit is completely ready to use, all you have to do is print it and rewrite the classics!
Trade and Barter: A Trading Simulation
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Trade and Barter: A Trading Simulation

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Welcome to the world of economic exchange! Throughout history, people have traded, bartered, negotiated, and haggled in order to receive the greatest amount of goods for the lowest cost. From the direct trade of goods to the use of currency, people have found ways to satisfy their wants and needs. This trade simulation provides students with an opportunity to barter with imaginary resources and goods in order to obtain points. The premise for the simulation is the combination of resources. In the activity, there are 19 resources that can be combined to form 19 different goods, each with a different value. There are two activities incorporated in this packet. Activity 1 assigns three resources to each student. The students then trade for other resources in order to make goods. Activity 2 involves role playing. Students are given a role and the resources and goods involved in that role. Students then trade the resources and goods to obtain the highest number of points. The simulation is a perfect way to address economic concepts like scarcity, goods, producers, and consumers. It can be implemented in economics, social studies, and even math classes as it requires students to do basic mathematical computations. Included in this packet is everything that you need as a teacher to turn your classroom into a market full of bartering students!
The Ultimate Greek City-State Simulation
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The Ultimate Greek City-State Simulation

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City-Planning Central! This assignment gives students an opportunity to create their own Greek city-state! Working in groups, students must discuss and develop a detailed city-state addressing issues such as government, trade, religion, etc. They build their city-state from the ground up using their knowledge of ancient Greece. Then, students transfer their information to create a large blueprint of their city. This is a great group assignment and a perfect resource to be used in conjunction with a unit focused on ancient Greece. Check out the preview for more information!
Ancient Egypt Timeline of Events
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Ancient Egypt Timeline of Events

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This is a creative timeline activity that focuses on teaching students chronological order and also allows them to showcase their creative ability. The theme of the timeline is events in ancient Egypt. It is a perfect resource for working on timeline skills and also understanding events. Students must place events in order and develop illustrations based on what the event entails. Included with the lesson are the assignment sheet that explains the assignment and also contains a list of events, an example of the finished assignment, and a lesson plan. This assignment is good for any age and can be used as a template for any social studies assignment dealing with timeline skills and chronological order!!
Beginnings of Civilization Unit Test
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Beginnings of Civilization Unit Test

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This is a 24 question assessment focusing on the Beginnings of Civilization and the Stone Ages. Questions 1-5 are matching and the rest are multiple choice. All of the test questions focus on vocabulary and reading comprehension. Several questions require students to use context clues to discover the meanings of unfamiliar words. Each question is labeled with the appropriate DOK level and the majority of the test consists of DOK level 2 and level 3 questions. There is a discussion question at the end that is optional. It is a document based question, however, the document is not included due to copyright. Feel free to find your own document or just skip the question! An answer key and a study guide are included with the test. The study guide provides a list of vocabulary words that are used on the test. This test is perfect as a pre-test or post-test and is a great assessment for a unit dealing with the Stone Age and early civilizations. It can also be used as a reading test or quiz even if you are not teaching this unit. Enjoy!
Ancient India and Hinduism Unit Test
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Ancient India and Hinduism Unit Test

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This is a 23 question assessment focusing on ancient India, the Caste System, and Hinduism. Questions 1-5 are matching and the rest are multiple choice. All of the test questions focus on vocabulary and reading comprehension. Several questions require students to use context clues to discover the meanings of unfamiliar words. Each question is labeled with the appropriate DOK level and the majority of the test consists of DOK level 2 and level 3 questions. There is a discussion question at the end that is optional. It is a document based question, however, the document is not included due to copyright. Feel free to find your own document or just skip the question! An answer key and a study guide are included with the test. The study guide provides a list of vocabulary words that are used on the test. This test is perfect as a pre-test or post-test and is a great assessment for a unit dealing with ancient India or Hinduism. It can also be used as a reading test or quiz even if you are not teaching this unit. Enjoy!
The Fall of Rome Timeline Activity
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The Fall of Rome Timeline Activity

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This is a timeline activity that focuses on teaching students chronological order and also allows them to showcase their creative ability. The theme of the timeline is the fall of Rome. It focuses on both specific dates and long-term causes of the fall of Rome. It is a perfect resource for working on timeline skills and also understanding events. Students must place events in order and develop illustrations based on what the event entails. Included with the lesson are the assignment sheet that explains the assignment and also contains a list of events, an example of the finished assignment, and a lesson plan. This assignment is good for any age and can be used as a template for any social studies assignment dealing with timeline skills and chronological order!!
Capitalism! A Modern Economic Simulation
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Capitalism! A Modern Economic Simulation

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Economics 101! This is an in-dept economic simulation that is very easy to implement in any grade 6 through 12. You'll have your classroom turned into competing businesses in no time! In the simulation students will work in groups to complete the following tasks: 1) create a company from scratch addressing elements like name, logo, mission statement, marketing plan, product line, etc 2) assume an executive role in their company and complete tasks specific to their role 3) create a cellular phone product designing everything from the appearance, to the camera, to the features, even the service providers 4) create advertisements to market and "sell" their cell phone to the student body and faculty. This simulation will work well with any economics unit and can be used to address concepts like supply and demand, producers and consumers, scarcity and choices, production costs and profit margins. Check out the preview for more information!
The Origins of Civilization: Farming to Cities Group Activity
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The Origins of Civilization: Farming to Cities Group Activity

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Once upon a time, man lived in nomadic bands. The next day, he woke up and built a city... Umm... negative! This seems to be the way that students view the development of civilizations: as an overnight process. This activity is geared toward expanding student understanding of how civilizations developed starting with the invention of farming. It focuses on a fourteen step process that takes students from Paleolithic hunter-gatherers to complex civilizations in the Neolithic period. Several vocabulary terms like irrigation, trade, and domestication are addressed as well. There are three different activities involved in this packet. All three work as standalone assignments or can be done in conjunction with one another to reinforce the process.